Elmhurst Publishes Future Homes Standard consultation - draft response
On 1st October 2019 the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published The Future Homes Standard consultation with proposals to require, amongst other things, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from new dwellings by 2025. This was accompanied by a proposed interim step in 2020 and put forward two options: a reduction of either 20% or 31% in carbon emissions. The deadline for responding to the Consultation is 10th January 2020.
Elmhurst widely communicated its response to the consultation, and, having sat on the working groups that drafted it, were able to quickly summarise the changes for members which it published as a news item on the 2nd October. Elmhurst then embarked on a country-wide tour of training events, attended by over 200 members, which culminated in the Elmhurst Building Regulations Conference on the 10th December, attended by another 120 members. At each event we explained the context of the changes, details of the proposal, and the practical implications using our new Design SAP 10 Beta software (which is available to all members free of charge), before discussing our own views on the changes and seeking the input from members.
Having digested members' views we have now reviewed and revised our ‘draft’ consultation response and ask members to have a read and either tell us what you think, or, even better, complete your own response. There is no one better placed to comment than the Elmhurst members who spend their lives analysing and improving the energy efficiency of homes.
Elmhurst Managing Director, Martyn Reed, thanked his team for working so quickly to get the Design SAP 10 Beta software released, for scheduling and delivering the training and conference, all delivered within eight short weeks. He also praised Elmhurst members who were keen to become involved and share their views and opinions to improve the response and the resulting legislation.
Elmhurst is now seeking input on this draft consultation which will influence its final response before it is submitted by the 10th January deadline. The final submission will also be published for the benefit of members.
Elmhurst expects the results of the consultation to appear in legislation in the spring for adoption in the autumn of 2020.
Consultation on changes to Part L for existing dwellings, overheating and commercial buildings in England is expected within the next few weeks. Changes to building regulations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are also planned.
To read the consultation click here.
To read Elmhurst’s draft consultation response click here.